July 22, 2011

susan laughton: the spaces between




faded glory IV
plaster, acrylic & gouache on canvas








the spaces between I
plaster, acrylic & gouache on canvas








metal sky I
plaster, acrylic & gouache on canvas








lost & found IV
plaster, acrylic & gouache on canvas








lost & found V
plaster, acrylic & gouache on canvas








the spaces between III
plaster, acrylic & gouache on canvas








night echoes II
plaster, acrylic & gouache on canvas








vanishing point II
plaster, acrylic & gouache on canvas








still here V
gesso, card & acrylic on board








still here VII
gesso, card & acrylic on board



the landscape is my starting point, not as a picturesque view, but as a space travelled through and experienced often on the edges of the urban and the rural. it is a source of man made and natural structures, surfaces and colours from which i construct my own pared down responses. man made structures in particular impose their presence against the sky: telegraph poles, fences, power lines or an isolated building...structures that create tension within space and mark the passage of time. my approach is reductive: removing superfluous elements, concentrating on the physicality of edges and boundaries often in contrast to the veiled, shifting white light of the north.

i make drawings of remembered details seen from the corner of my eye, fleeting juxtapositions elusive to photography or more studied compositions. my paintings contrast intentional marks with random scratches, washes of paint with fine layers of plaster, gesso or card. focussing on process and materials is important to me as a way of allowing the painting to emerge as an object in its own right. structured and methodical approaches combined with spontaneous and intuitive reactions allow me to plan and take risks: to combine control with ‘let‘s see what happens if...’
susan laughton / saatchi online



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1 comments:

Art said...

Wow, beautiful abstract pictures